Press release: 9 March 2012 Prague Food Festival 2012 to offer the most diverse programme in its history
The Czech Republic’s culinary event of the year, the Prague Food Festival, will be taking place in the Royal Garden at Prague Castle on 25–27 May. The motto for this year’s festival is “Think global, eat local!” and there will be an incredible range of goodies to taste, providing a gastronomic experience that is without parallel in this country. It will be held under the auspices of the First Lady of the Czech Republic Livia Klausová and the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda, who you may be lucky enough to meet in person on the opening day of the festival. 1. What to taste?
Frogs’ legs, Uyghur spices, pineapple ravioli, homemade sausages, king prawns, cannoli (Sicilian pastry desserts), fried beetles, organic goodies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, green barley, beer, wine, coffee, fresh juices and a host of delicious specialities – traditional and contemporary Czech, Oriental, Asian, French, Italian, Chinese, vegetarian and international. 2. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy 50 food stalls 3 large tasting tents Seating for more than 500 guests 3. Tickets
To avoid the queues, you can purchase tickets in advance – they are for a specific day and time and show you where best to enter the 6-hectare festival grounds. Advance ticket sales start on 1 April 2012 at www.praguefoodfestival.cz
Tickets bought in advance are discounted. Advance tickets – CZK 400 (with CZK 250 returned in the form of tasting vouchers – 10 Grands) Tickets bought at the event – CZK 450 (with CZK 250 returned in the form of tasting vouchers – 10 Grands)
The first 3,000 visitors will receive a free copy of Maurer’s Grand Bar 2012 or Grand Restaurant 2012 selection guides.
Delicious food prepared by dozens of the best restaurants featured in Maurer’s latest Grand Restaurant selection guide will be on offer over the three days of the festival. Several of the restaurants on this year’s TOP 10 will be taking part – Radisson Blu, Alcron and La Rotonde, V Záti!í, Chateau Mcely, Piano Nobile and the overall winner Terasa U Zlaté studn" (Golden Well Terrace). Among the restaurants appearing for the first time are Aureole, Na kopci, Chateau St.Havel, U kon" and La Cucina Boscolo. The CzechTourism agency is also actively involved in this year’s festival with its project “Taste the Czech Republic”, which aims to promote traditional Czech gastronomy. Czech Specials will be able available for sampling and will also be featured in an art performance (entitled “The Art of Czech Cuisine”) under the direction of Professor Martin Mainer’s art studio. 5. Unique gastronomic specialities
Yasmin hotel, Noodles – sweet and savoury beetles Essensia, Mandarin Oriental – experimental food laboratory / techno-emotional cuisine. Find out how space food is prepared!La Truffe – rare French trufflesU Emy Destinnové – Maryland crab cakesCafé Angelato – alcoholic ice-cream with pear brandy, mascarpone with strawberries, balsamic and Parmesan ice-cream with figsFrancouzská restaurace Art Nouveau – stuffed duck stomach Na kopci – frogs’ legs
Fine Dining – a 3-course tasting menu prepared with local ingredients and international wine pairing by the restaurants Terasa u Zlaté Studn" (Golden Well Terrace) and Aria Hotel, Coda and Bacchus, a distributor of exclusive wines. 6. Farmers
Some of the prestigious restaurants at the festival will also be using certified local ingredients, including organic fare and produce from the local farms that supply them. You can vote for the festival’s nicest farm at www.praguefoodfestival.cz.
The festival organisers and InterSpar will be providing commercial and moral support for Horsk# statek (Mountain Farm) Abertamy, the winner of this year’s annual Czech Organic Food competition. Abertamy’s tasty selection of cheeses – made with milk from cows, goats and sheep – can be sampled at the Mí$ovna (Ball Game Hall). Support will also be provided for the winner of the festival’s competition for the nicest farm. 7. Delicacy show with Whirlpool 6th Sense
Various brands of Czech and international delicacies will be on direct sale for the first time in the festival’s history:Fair Trade, Spar Premium, Country Life, Biopekárna (organic bakery) Zemanka, La Bottega di Aromi/Finestra and S#rárna (cheesery) “Sala! R#%ovna”There will be gastronomic workshops, free tastings and competitions with tasty prizes every hour.
You will be able to taste and buy Mammá brand produce from small-scale Italian producers that pride themselves on quality and tradition. The most delicious morsels from Andalusia will be showcased once again by the Extenda agency. You can also look forward to the Olive Variation workshop presented by Enrique Sánchez, one of the most well-known Spanish chefs. His television show “Cómetelo” and his books on Andalusian cuisine have gained a lot of fans in Spain and elsewhere. He will be showing festival visitors the many different, creative ways of using the pearl of Spanish cuisine – the olive.
8. Wine and beer showat the Mí!ovna (Ball Game Hall)
Wine tastings supervised by Ivo Dvo&ák, 11-times winner of sommelier contests in the Czech Republic and the winner of the 2004 Habanosommelier contest in Havana.
Beer and food matching supervised by Václav Berka, the senior brewer at Pilsner Urquell. 9. Face to face
You will be able to see a host of culinary stars at the festival: the famous chefs Riccardo Lucque, Zden"k Pohlreich, Filip Sajler, Titus Eliá!, Jaroslav and Pavel Sapík, Roman Paulus, Milan Ho&ej!, Ji&í Král, Tomá! Kalina, Roman Dolej!, the butcher Franti!ek K!ána and the sommelier Tomá! Br'ha (three-times winner of the Czech Sommelier Championship and the editors of Apetit magazine.
Under the supervision of 2010 world champion beer pourer Luká! Svoboda, you can try your hand at pouring beer like a professional. The best beer pourer will be awarded the title “Pilsner Urquell PFF 2012 Apprentice Bartender”.
9. What else?
Live music from a Neapolitan band, Andalusian flamenco and a Cuban band (Santy y su Marabu). Star basketball player Tomá! Satoransk#, medal-winning Paralympian cyclist Ji&í Je%ek, a host of well-known actors and singers who are fans of the Prague Food Festival – such as Zlata Adamovská, Jana (t"pánková, Jitka Schneiderová, Marie Retková, Sv"tlana Nálepková, Jana Krausová, David (vehlík, Marek Taclík, Juraj Herz, Ji&í Menzel and many more!
La Casa de la Havana vieja – Happy Hour every day!Grand Bar – you will have the opportunity to evaluate bars on the spot as part of Maurer's survey of the best bars in the Czech Republic. 11. Want to be healthy?
Tasty health food to sample and buy from Interspar – featuring Spar Vital, Spar Natur*Pur, Spar Free From brands. Tastings and workshops with nutrition specialists. Head to the health corner to measure your body fat, water, glucose levels and blood pressure. Interspar Fresh Bar – fruit and vegetable juices.
Green barley, an exquisite drink with Eva Radostína Van!urová – a tasty remedy for ailments of the body and mind.12. Something for the kids?
There will be a kids’ corner with a kitchen table where a professional chef and assistants will show how to prepare simple, healthy recipes. There will also be an opportunity to take part in the “Children’s Act of the Year” project. Nice little gifts will be given out, too!
Pilsner Urquell, Master, Frisco and Birell beers, Bacchus international wines, Bohemia Sekt, De’Longhi Coffee, MattoniSommelier’s Minimum – sparkling wine, beer and wine tastings
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